Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Madhubani painting folk art

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Madhubani, meaning forests of honey is a small village in Mithila in the state of Bihar in India. This village is famous for its folk paintings put on the mud walls and courtyards of each and every home.
It is believed that King Janaka of Mithila asked the women of his kingdom to decorate their homes with paintings on the auspicious occasion of the marriage of his daughter Sita with Sri Rama. This resulted in Madhubani painting art form in the form of murals using pigments from natural sources. Madhubani village is the central place where these paintings are in profuse.
This painting then became a part of the cultural traditions of the women folk. They taught this painting to their daughters and granddaughters for painting their homes during special occasions especially, nuptials. The art focuses on a particular theme that can be images of Gods and Goddesses, nature and others from tribal art world.
This rich and vibrant feminine folk art has certain attributes present in it. A double line border, bold colors, intricate filling patterns and abstract figures identify Madhubani art.

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